Sep 20, 2019


Hi there!
welcome to the Altenew REFRESH YOUR WATERCOLOR BRUSH MARKERS BLOG HOP + GIVEAWAY . You are arriving from The Hedgehog Hollow's blog (a list of all the participants is available at the bottom of this post).

Today Altenew is releasing Refill bottles for their popular Watercolor Brush Markers.  I am so excited to work with this small containers of joy that i decided to use them to create a set of cards and a layout.  Let's get started:

For these cards, I started by clear embossing the Ornate Foliage images on heavy cardstock using Altenew's White Embossing Powder and Ink.  Once the images were ready to color, i pulled Sea Breeze, Misty Moutain,, Lagoon, and Emerald refills to detail the flowers.

Coloring the images took some time, as i wanted to be detailed with each image.  All it took was a few drops of the Watercolors to detail each petal.

First a wash of the color to the petal, followed by extra pure watercolor to some areas to create depth and dimension.

While the images dried, i worked on the card pannels.  I chose Warm Sunshine to create the background of this card on Mixed Media paper.  Then stamped a sentiment from the Weekend Doodle Stamp Set with Black Obsidian ink and added one of the images with foam adhesive.

For this card pannel, i used the Silver refill to create a soft ombre effect on the background.  Here i added a sentiment from the Weekend Doodles Stamp set with Black Obsidian ink.  This time,  i clustered the two images together at the bottom right edge of the card.     you can see how the cards came together in the upcoming video:

 Just love how these turned out, the Watercolor marker refills are such a perfect medium to color images away.

Now onto my scrapbook layout:

For this page, i started by creating the large mandala image on white cardstock using the Floral Mandala Stencil with Altenew embossing paste.  I mixed a bit of Rubellite and Fresh Lemon refills to the paste to bring color to the impression.

While the paste dried, i started to recreate the color of the sky and water in the background using Lagoon, Dusk and Turquoise Refills and the packaging.  I am impressed at the vibrancy of the watercolor.

To assemble the page, I used the mandala impression as my grounding point and placed it on the left side of the page.   I added two pictures of a recent vacation around the mandala, and then chose embellishments from the Reflections and Live Your Dream collection to complement the pictures.

This was so much fun to put  together, using the watercolor marker refills, and i hope  they inspire you to check them out and use the promotion Altenew is having on their Watercolor Marker Ultimate Bundle this weekend:

Enjoy $50 OFF the Watercolor Marker Ultimate Bundle from 9/20/2019 at 12:01 AM EDT until 9/21/2019 at 11:59 PM EDT. No code needed to enjoy this deal! Not valid on previous purchases. While supplies last. Shop HERE: 

Now it is time for the fun part of this blog hop, GIVEAWAYS:

To celebrate this release, Altenew is giving away a $30 gift certificate to 6 lucky winners! Please leave a comment on the Altenew Card Blog and/or Altenew Scrapbook Blog by 9/25/2019 for a chance to win.

Altenew’ll also draw a winner to eceive a $15 gift certificate from the comments left on each designer’s blog on the blog hop list below. All winners will be announced on the Altenew blogs on 9/27/2019.

I hope the projects have inspired you to check the Watercolor Brushes Refills, but it is time to continue to be inspired by visiting Lydia Fiedler's blog. Remember you can always come back here or visit the Altenew Card Blog to start the hop, here is a list of all the participants for your convenience:

Nathalie DeSousa <<< YOU ARE HERE

It is always a pleasure to have you visit my blog, and hope that you have fun hopping around. Remember to contact me if you have questions on how the projects came together.

Til next time!

Sep 18, 2019

AUTUMN LOVE - JustNick Studio

Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a new layout all about those warm cozy feelings Autumn brings along.   I  usually look forward to Nicole's emails with the new upcoming cut files, so when i saw the new Fall Foliage Background (coming soon to the shop) i just had to use it on a page.

I love Fall colors, so i wanted to highlight them on the page, as the background for the beautiful cut file.

To bring out the details of the cut, i chose to create my own background using VIcki Boutin's Pop Acrylic paints.  I simply masked the cardstock and used a flat brush to create the ombre square on the page.

While the background dried i cut two Fall Foliage  backgrounds ( to fit the colored square) from white cardstock, glued them together, and then glued them to the background.  I made sure some of the leaves were not glued fully together, so that they create interest on the background.

The picture of my babies was converted to black and white and added at the bottom corner of the square.   I used one Leafy Floral cut out to decorate the bottom of the picture along with a few phrase stickers.  Then for the title, i used a combination of alphas and the word "Love" - this was created using the Love 1 cut file from kraft paper-.

I love how this turned out, the boldness of the background creates the perfect canvas for the cut file and makes everything on the page pop.   Remember to check these JustNIck cut files and all the new files that are revealed each week.

Thank you so much for stopping by,

Sep 17, 2019


Hi there!
Nathalie with you today with a few projects all about documenting the everyday moments and those sweet special moments using the beautiful and versatile Office Hours collection.   I have journal my entire life and adding photos to the written lines led me to Traveler's Notebooks and scrapbooking, and now i want to share with you how i used the Office Hours collection in my pages.  Let's get started...

For my first TN entry, i chose to document one of my daily coffee breaks.   I reached for a pocket page to house my journal lines and picture. 

 I love the Busy paper as it gives you perfect 3"x4" cards and journaling spots that can easily be used.  I cut the small clipboard card and added my lines of journal followed by a fussy cut cup of coffee.   To contrast and complement the color, i chose to add accents of blue to the pockets.

To create my title page, i created the word "coffee" using the Adore Alpha Die set and the Organize paper.  The letters were glued to the center of the page followed by the blue mini alphas and a few embellishments from the collection and those beautiful phrase stickers from the Just a Little Lovely collection.  To finish the page, i used the Espresso liquid watercolor and an empty plastic cup to create the coffee rings on the page.  Easy peasy!

Now let me show you what i did with the other side of the pocket page.   My kids are getting ready to go back to school which means lots of reading and work being done ahead of time.   I chose to go with a grid design for this page, and set the pictures on opposite sides of the layout.

I created my journal card by cutting a piece of the Hard work paper and adding stickers to create the title for it.

  For my title card, i used pieces of ephemera and chipboard to add dimension to the card.   So simple and easy to put together with the Office Hours collection.

If you are a messy creative like me, then i am sure you have a few pictures of your craftermath!  This time i decided to enlarge the picture to fit the page and added a few embellishments from the Office Hours collection on it.

   For the other side of the page, i chose to carefully cut the tabs of the Prioritize paper so i can lift them up.   I used a piece of the packaging to add my lines of journal and then glued it to the Fussy cut  tabs. 

Once again, i reached for the ephemera pack to add my title.  Just love how these came together, and you can see how they were built in the following video:

For my second project, i chose to use one of the new cut files (available soon) to create  scrapbook page about my kids first day of school. 

 I chose to separate the floral part of the cut file so i can move it around on the page, and then just used the inside of the note cut file to cut a few notes from the Busy, Plan, and Hard Work papers.

 I scattered the notes on the background (Dreams paper) and then worked on backing all the cut files images using pieces of paper from the entire Office Hours collection.

I added my babies picture to the bottom note,and then used the florals  die cuts to embellish each note.

To create my title, i used a combination of the collection's alphas and then added embellishments throughout the page.  The following video will show you how this page came together:

I hope these inspire you to use the Office Hours collection to document your everyday memories in any format of your choice.  You will love the results!

Sep 15, 2019

BEAUTY IS EVERYWHERE - Technique Tuesday

Hi there!
Today, I am joining a few fellow designers on a special project for my friends at Technique Tuesday using stamps and dies from their Scrapbooking collection.   I chose the Just Us Girls Stamp and Coordinating Die set to create a new layout for my Family album (Citrus Twist kits Life Crafted album).

I love the corner cluster of flowers that the Just Us Girls stamp features, and then there is all the small floral images. So, i stamped them a few of the designs on white cardstock using Black Obsidian Ink (Altenew).

I chose a picture of my young cousins to document in this layout, and chose to color the images using Artist Markers (Altenew) to color the images picking colors from the clothing they are wearing.  I made sure to just add a bit of color as i want the picture to stand out.

I  used the corner images of the Just Us Girls stamp and Die set  to frame the picture and the journal lines.  The beautiful sentiments in the stamp set were ideal to add sentiments and the title for this page.  A few drops of the coordinating ink complete the layout.

I love how this turned out, and all i needed was a bit of black ink, a few markers and the gorgeous Just Us Girls Stamp and Die Set from Technique Tuesday. 

Really hope this has inspired you to check all Technique Tuesday's Scrapbooking collection stamp and dies, stop by this weekend to take advantage of the promotion:

From September 15th til September 19th, you can choose you choose your own free set of stamps with purchase.  Here is how you claim your freebie:
1. Spend $30 on stamps and dies at the Technique Tuesday shop
2.  Before completing  your purchase, go to the Flair Page and chose your free stamp,and add it to your cart.
3. Before checking out your purchase, enter the coupon code Free-Flair.  The chargers for your free stamps will be removed from your order.
4.  If you spend over $75, you will also receive free shipping.

That is all from me today!.  You can always contact me if you have questions on how this came together!


Sep 14, 2019


Hi there! Nathalie with you today with a few ideas on how to use the new and amazing TALL ALPHA DIE SET.   This new die set is delicate, practical and super versatile.   I love the design of each of the letters which makes it easy to use in your projects. I had fun with the TALL ALPHA DIE SET and created a couple layouts and a card with it.
Let's get started with  a background for a Traveler's Notebook layout.
  I used the TALL ALPHA DIE SET to create the background by repeatedly cutting the word "LOVE" from a Live Your Dream Collection paper.   

The negative part of the cut anchors the design on the left side, and the letter die cuts create a long title on the right side.  Here, i stamped a sentiment from the Tabbed stamp set to complete the title. 

I created embellishments for the layout using the Weekend Doodles Stamp and Die set with Black Obsidian Pigment Ink; then added a few enamel dots to complete  the page.  The following video will show you how it all came together

Now, let's create a dimensional card:

  First i cut the popular song title in a column on the left side of the card panel,then glued the panel to an A2 size card.   Next, i stamped the ornaments using  the Brilliant Baubles stamp set with the Lapis Lazuli and Spring Bouquet Mini Ink cube sets.

  Then attached them to the card panel with foam adhesive; I drew  lines behind the ornaments with a gold pen.     I cut the word "JOY" three times from white cardstock, and once from gold glitter paper.  Then, the die cuts were stacked together thus forming the dimensional sentiment.  Love the colorful card!  
Finally, let's create a long title for a scrapbook layout.

  First, I created the ombre patterned paper using the Altenew Watercolor Pan set and watercolor paper, then used the Tall Alpha Die Set to cut the quote from the paper.  Also, i created a dimensional die cut for the word " smile" so that it will stand out on the page.

     I heat embossed the Beautiful Peony Stamp Set images and detailed them with the Altenew watercolor pan set.  I also created the leaves with Altenew Embossing INk pad, gold  embossing powder and the Wallpaper Art Stamp and Die Set.  

 The center column paper comes from Live Your Dream collection.  Here, I used the Creative Edges: Lace Die to soften the edges of the paper column.     Assembling the page took no time, as the title fills the center column, thus creating pocket spaces for the pictures and floral images. 

 The final touch is a few Wood veneer embellishments and a few drops of Antique Gold Metallic Ink spray. You can see how this page came together in the following process video:

 I hope these inspire you to check the new TALL ALPHA DIE SET.  Its design is perfect to create backgrounds, titles and even add dimension to your projects.  You are going to love it! Thanks for stopping by!

Sep 12, 2019


Hi there! Nathalie with you today with a layout that uses the fun Laugh and Smile Stamp Set, along with the Layered Smile Crafting Dies, and the Layered Laugh Crafting Dies. These new sets are sure to be a staple in my documenting, as they are versatile and lots of fun. Let me show you what I have created.
To create this page, I pulled the Oh Happy Day collection from Simple Stories and cut one of the collection’s papers to fit the size of my Life Crafted album (Citrus Twist Kits). The idea was to create a fun border for the pages, so I used the Cascading Hearts Border crafting die to create the edges of the layout.
In addition, I used the Cascading Hearts Border Crafting Die to detail another strip of paper (same collection) so that I could use it to create the title of the page on the other side of my layout. Here I used a combination of the Laugh and Smile Stamp Set and the coordinating dies to create an elaborate title for this layout.
For the title, I used some black ink to create two sentiment boxes on white cardstock using the Laugh and Smile Stamp set. These were fussy cut and popped with foam adhesive on the page. The Layered Laugh crafting die and Layered Smile crafting die sets were used to create the script “Smile” and “Laugh” words twice from metallic black paper. This were stacked together, and then glued on the page to complete my title, so that it reads, “I LOVE YOUR SMILE, but THIS PHOTO MAKES ME LAUGH”.
To balance the title, I chose to add the picture at a mirror position and then added a few clusters around it. I chose to use the words, “smile” and “laugh” from the Laugh and Smile Stamp set at the bottom of the picture to emphasize the sentiment of the page. Some of the negative heart pieces were then glued to the layout to bring some extra color pops.

The Laugh and Smile stamps are sure to become a staple on my collection. They are part of the Memory Keeper Studio Collection. Make sure to check them out on the Technique Tuesday shop. As always, please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. Thank you all so much!